Donna Torres received undergraduate and graduate degrees in painting and drawing from the University of New Mexico and Florida International University. She trained in Botanical Illustration at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, under the direction of Priscilla Fawcett. Donna’s drawings, paintings and multimedia projects reflect her interest in shamanism and medicinal plants. Her artworks have been exhibited widely in the US and abroad. She has taught art workshops in the US, Colombia, Nepal and Chile. She recently had 2 solo exhibitions, Distant Wanders, Close Enchantments at the Art Gallery at Government Center, Miami in 2008 and Glimpses and Wonders at the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Nature Center, Key Biscayne, in 2007. As a recipient of the American Society of Botanical Artists Artist Grant, she taught botanical illustration to the indigenous community of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile for the documentation of medicinal plants. Known archaeologically for their vast use of the visionary plant Anadenanthera, the descendants of this ancient culture are trying to preserve their elders knowledge of plants. The project continues in May 2009. Donna teaches painting at Florida International University and botanical art at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Florida. For additional information, please visit the artist’s website here.